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Join our car share club!

Looking to car share to work - meet our 750 members at travelluton.liftshare.com

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At Travel Luton Liftshare there are now 750 members from Luton and the rest of Bedfordshire!  There are currently 280 members with a regular car journey who are looking for a car share match - could that person be you?

Nineteen car share teams have met through the Travel Luton Liftshare service and are currently sharing their journey to work.  It is predicted that over the next year the car share teams will collectively save 93048 car miles and save 30.6 tonnes of CO2.  The nineteen car share teams will also be financially better off saving £23,185 in fuel and vehicle costs.

Why not join us today at www.travelluton.liftshare.com

Traffic Alerts

Look up live traffic information for Luton and the surrounding area on the map. Hover your mouse over each symbol for details of planned road works.

To see road congestion, click on 'Map layers' and tick the box for 'Live traffic', traffic hot spots are shown in red and red/black.

Car Parks Map

This map details all the main carparks that are available in Luton.

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Smarter Driving

Smarter driving is designed to get the most out of your car with a smooth and safe driving style that leads to savings of about 15% in fuel consumption and carbon emissions. Smarter driving is promoted by the Energy Saving Trust.

Some commonly asked questions about smarter driving are listed below:

How much money can drivers typically save using smarter driving techniques?
Smarter driving can increase fuel efficiency by around 15%. And with fuel prices so high at the moment, that’s a saving of around £300 a year, or about £20 a month for the average driver in Luton.

What are the main tips?

  • Shift to as high a gear as possible as soon as possible.
  • Anticipate road conditions and drive more smoothly. Rather than last minute braking, decelerate smoothly by easing off the accelerator as early as possible. With the car in gear and the accelerator released, a modern car uses virtually no fuel at all.
  • Maintain a steady speed in as high a gear as possible.
  • Drive off from cold. Modern engines are designed to start from cold. You’re wasting fuel if you leave the engine running to warm up.
  • Switch off if you're stationary for more than a minute. When stuck in traffic or waiting for someone, switch off your engine. Modern cars use virtually no fuel on restarting until you press the accelerator.
  • Keep your tyres properly inflated. Under-inflated tyres not only lead to poor road holding but also cause excessive drag and resistance, increasing fuel consumption.

 Choosing the most efficient car in its class could drive down your annual fuel costs by almost a third, and a more efficient car will cut your tax costs. Car tax, or vehicle excise duty, is zero for cars with very low CO2 emissions. So it’s well worth asking about fuel-efficiency when choosing a new car.

Car Sharing To School

Car sharing is when two or more people share a car and travel together. Car sharing is a simple way to cut the costs of fuel, cut congestion and pollution, and cut the stress of driving.  Parents who normally drive their children to school from similar areas are put in touch with each other to share lifts.

What does the school need to do?

Send a letter to parents asking if they would like to take part in a car share scheme (please ensure the letter reminds parents that they must have suitable child seats fitted for all children they are carrying and that their car must have up to date MOT, tax and insurance). Compile the responses and put parents who are interested and come from similar directions in touch with each other. How the parents operate the share is up to them. They may alternate trips daily or weekly; one may drop off and the other picks up, etc. It’s their choice.

Additional Information

People are often concerned about the impact of car sharing on their insurance: the Association of British Insurers (ABI) states that car sharing won't affect the insurance of their members so long as the vehicle seats no more than eight passengers and a profit isn't made from any payment by passengers. The ABI has around 400 member companies providing 94% of domestic insurance services sold in the UK. However, drivers with any concerns should check with their insurance company as terms and conditions may vary between insurance providers over time (source: Act on CO2).

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